Border Crossings in association with Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre presents CONSUMED
When: Saturday 9 March, 7.30pm, £12/£10 conc.
Where: Brighton Dome Studio Theatre
Sex, money and the world wide web: Border Crossings presents a strange love story in a virtual world as technology and heartbreak come together in a visually stunning multimedia show that is both personal and global. Created by leading theatre-makers from the UK and China, the bilingual production reunites Border Crossings with Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre, China’s leading contemporary theatre.
After more than twenty years in the US, Tong Zheng returns to Shanghai with money on his mind. But the China he finds is very different from the one he left behind. John Bartholomew – British born and Shanghai-based – is focused on sealing deals but hasn’t counted on the impact that Su Chen would have on him, despite the fact they don’t speak each other’s language.
An eternal triangle evolves in a world in which communication is instant but intimacy proves unattainable, where technology brings the world together but simultaneously isolates. As its story unfolds, the play reflects on the West’s relationship with China as it rises as a global powerhouse yet struggles to leave the past behind.
Consumed’s cast includes Chinese star Song Ru Hiu, UK actor Serge Soric and bilingual Ning Li (who lived in the US for ten years). The play was developed by the company in China and the UK during 2012. The play continues and deepens the cross-cultural journey which Border Crossings and SDAC began with the critically acclaimed Re-Orientations in 2010; experimenting with new theatre forms and involving multiple languages and new technologies, searching for ways to communicate in a globalised world.
Border Crossings was founded in 1995 by award-winning director Michael Walling to create new intercultural, multi-media theatre in response to the contemporary globalised world.